ABSTRACT

William Shakespeare, more than any other author, was able to capture the essence of human nature in all its manifestations. His political plays offer enduring insights into our humanity, our vanity, our noble and baser drives, what makes us great, and what makes us loathsome. He tells us about ourselves and about our world. This volume gleans valuable lessons from the writings of William Shakespeare and applies them to contemporary politics. Original chapters covering over a dozen different plays take up perennial political themes including power and leadership, corruption and virtue, war and peace, evil and liberty, persuasion and polarization, and empire and global overreach.Features of the text:

chapter |4 pages

Introduction

ByBruce E. Altschuler, Michael A. Genovese

chapter 1|26 pages

On Shakespeare’s Commanders and Kings: Leadership, Politics, and Hubris

ByMichael A. Genovese, Thomas E. Cronin

chapter 2|20 pages

Macbeth and Political Corruption

ByBruce E. Altschuler

chapter 3|18 pages

A Dionysian Hamlet

BySarah A. Shea

chapter 5|13 pages

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions: Tyrannicide in Julius Caesar

ByPhilip Abbott

chapter 7|12 pages

Richard III, Tyranny, and the Modern Financial Elite

ByMarlene K. Sokolon

chapter 8|16 pages

Cymbeline and the Origins of Modern Liberty

ByDavid Ramsey

chapter 9|18 pages

Shakespeare’s Henry V and Responsibility for War

ByJohn M. Parrish

chapter 11|12 pages

Deception and Persuasion in Measure for Measure

ByCarol McNamara